After graduation, you will face many challenges. You will approach most of them for the first time. One of these challenges is your first job interview! The situation is so hard that this conversation concerns mainly your professional experience and acquired competences. What to do when you are in the middle of your course or fresh after graduation and do not have much experience?

In this article, we'll show you what to do on your first interview to increase the chance of working. Remember! To get a meeting invitation, you must have a professional CV.

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1. What is your main asset?

When you are looking for the first job, the employer must verify your competences. How do you confirm that you have the skills for the position you are applying for?

Analyze your education and recall all the success associated with education. What is worth mentioning during the interview?

  • scholarships for learning results
  • awards and honours from lecturers
  • participation in competitions in subjects that are relevant to the position
  • the topic of the diploma thesis, if it is related to the profile of the position

During the first interviews there is a risk that stress may affect you. Despite this, do not be afraid to talk about education and about subjects that particularly fascinate you. It's worth to highligt all the achievements, because they will distinguish you from the people of similar experience.

2. Is it worth to mention internships and apprenticeships?

Yes, because it's your greatest experience! You carried out the tasks entrusted to you in a given area. You have learned how to transform theoretical knowledge gained at university into practical usage. If that was the fact, then you have something to be proud of! Tell about success or non-standard projects in which you participated. Do you think that it is impossible to achieve any successes during the three-month internship? I have met clients who after a quarter were able to, among others:

  • update the base of suppliers,
  • perform entrusted duties at the level of 100% of expectations,
  • carry out the modernization of the system.

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For a full-time employee, the above examples are daily responsibilities. In your case too, but you only had a short time to show up in your field. A potential employer will appreciate it and will be more inclined to hire you.

3. Why should you show additional skills?

In some professions, the most important are courses, trainings and certificates that confirm your qualifications. The more important is the fact that you wanted to broaden your knowledge in your free time. This way, you show a lot of motivation to develop. Talk primarily about courses and training that are related to the profile of the position. Do not tell the employer about the lifeguard course, unless you are applying for a job at the pool.

4. Student and out-of-school activities are also your experience!

Why is it worth to be involved in student associations and organizations. First of all, you can gain valuable competence regarding, for example:

  • coordinating the team's work
  • building business relations
  • budget management
  • organizing events

Although the range of these activities is smaller than in professional life, it helps you gain valuable skills. If you tell your employer about it, you will gain an advantage over other candidates who did not possess that kind of experience.

As outlined above, you can do well in an interview even if you have no work experience. If you take advantage of the tips from the article, it will help you stand out from a bunch of other applicants, and perhaps you will even beat those who are experienced. Thanks to this, you will increase the chances of being offered a job.